It’s been two years since we’ve seen any movement in the development of the 1983 ‘Videodrome’ remake but it looks like Universal has taken a big step forward and is in talks to have Adam Berg direct the film.
If Berg’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he was, at one point, being courted by Fox to helm the ‘Daredevil’ reboot. This will be Berg’s first foray into the world of features but what a way to begin! Berg‘s past credits are in commercials but his filming style seems to point to him as being someone who can handle the violence and visual perplexing complexities needed for a film like this. Many point to his commercial for Philips which won the 2009 Film Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival as an example (which you can see below).
If he signs on, Berg will be working off a script that was written by Ehren Kruger (‘The Ring,’ ‘The Skeleton Key,’ ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’) who is said to have modernized the story by infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blowing it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller.
Don’t know how that will exactly play off but Kruger has written some good films so don’t write off the reboot just yet.
If you’ve never seen the horror film ‘Videodrome,’ you really should. It’s one of David Cronenberg’s (‘Cosmopolis,’ ‘The Fly,’ ‘Scanners’) best directing works. And just in case you haven’t, here’s a synopsis of the film:
When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called “Videodrome.” As he unearths the origins of the program, he embarks on a hallucinatory journey into a shadow world of right-wing conspiracies, sadomasochistic sex games, and bodily transformation. Renn’s ordinary life dissolves around him, he finds himself at the center of a conflict between opposing factions in the struggle to control the truth behind the radical human future of “the New Flesh.
Philips Carousel Commercial: